Lisa Parsons is Project Manager for Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project in the Office of Civic Well Being. The Wellbeing Project is a measurement tool that assesses the comprehensive well-being of Santa Monica residents, from health to economic opportunity to connectedness to community. The project relies on data from various city departments, resident surveys, and other sources including social media. Lisa coordinates pilot projects that have resulted from the findings of the Wellbeing Index. These include programs that promote physical activity to microgrants to community residents. Recent microgrant projects include a community kitchen, cookbook compiled of recipes from local residents in the city’s Pico Neighborhood, and pop-up playgrounds. Thank you, Lisa, for your dedication to innovation and data-driven public policy that improves the lives of all Santa Monicans. ... See MoreSee Less
Clint Segura is a Transportation Mechanic with the City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus. Clint works on BBB’s fleet of nearly 200 buses, repairing any mechanical problems from bumper to bumper. Thanks, Clint, for what you do to ensure the safety of our motor coach operators and patrons. ... See MoreSee Less
Catherine Taylor is a Community Services Program Coordinator for Santa Monica Community and Cultural Services Department’s CREST program. Children from kindergarten through 5th grade who live or go to school in Santa Monica are eligible to participate in CREST’s enrichment classes. Catherine oversees the program at Will Rogers School. She helps parents get connected with CREST’s classes, and familiarizing them with the processes involved with the after school programs.
Catherine has been working for the City for 18 years, and her extensive knowledge makes her an invaluable resource about the range of programs on offer from the City and other entities. That not only includes activities like swimming or enrichment classes, but also social services, and financial assistance. Catherine has also been working to expand CREST’s presence in social media to publicize resources for parents. Thank you, Catherine, for opening doors to our parents so they can take advantage of the panoply of resources available for our community’s children. ... See MoreSee Less
Javier Sanchez is a Bus and Fire Apparatus Mechanic for the City of Santa Monica Big Blue Bus. Besides being responsible for bumper to bumper repairs of BBB's fleet of motor coaches, he also maintains the various fire fighting vehicles of Santa Monica's Fire Department, for whom BBB provides mechanic services. The Fire Department has a panoply of vehicles from ladder trucks, air rescue vehicles for the airport, pumpers, hazmat vehicles, ambulances, and urban search and rescue vehicles. Javier and his team ensure that they are in working order and ready to respond to any and all emergencies for the department. Thank you, Javier, for what you do to keep us, and our firefighters, safe. ... See MoreSee Less
Luis Ochoa is Transportation Mechanic II with the City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus. Originally trained in aviation mechanics, Luis began working for the Big Blue Bus 15 years ago. He repairs any mechanical problems of BBB’s fleet from bumper to bumper, from the buses’ brakes to their engines, transmissions, and electrical systems. Thanks Luis for making sure that BBB’s motor coaches safely meet the transportation needs of our community. ... See MoreSee Less